Clinical Resource Center (CRC)
The combined adult and pediatric Clinical Resource Center (CRC) at the University of Chicago aims to provide investigators with the resources and environment to conduct human-subject research of the highest scientific merit.
The CRC primarily supports investigator-initiated research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS). To this end, CRC investigators have conducted a broad range of studies of normal and abnormal functions of the human body, and investigations into the cause, progression, prevention, control, and cure of human disease.
The CRC promotes optimal collaboration among basic laboratory researchers and clinical scientists to assure that advances in both arenas are quickly and efficiently translated to improvements in health care. Currently, the CRC supports more than 130 different research protocols, conducted by more than 100 junior and senior faculty, trainee, and staff investigators from a wide range of areas of biomedical inquiry.
Many studies represent collaborative efforts among specialists from diverse disciplines including pediatric and adult endocrinology, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, clinical pharmacology, anesthesiology, gastroenterology, oncology, molecular genetics, and pulmonology.
The CRC is especially known for research in:
- Diabetes and related disorders of insulin secretion and glucose metabolism
- Thyroid disease
- Cushing’s syndrome
- Disorders of growth and pubertal progression in children and adolescents
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Bone and mineral metabolism and osteoporosis
- Circadian clock and hormonal rhythms